Proposed abortion legislation creates 'moral and ethical dilemma for doctors'

Dr Sam Coulter Smith.

The Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Dr Sam Coulter Smith, has said the inclusion of suicide in the new abortion legislation poses a "moral dilemma" for doctors.

The Oireachtas Health Committee will begin three days of hearings into the draft bill today.

More than 50 medical, psychiatric and legal experts will appear before the Committee between this morning and next Tuesday evening.

Dr Coulter Smith said he has concerns about the inclusion of suicide in the legislation.

He said: "Currently I haven't seen evidence that the termination of a pregnancy is an appropriate treatment for somebody who is suicidal, neither suicidal ideation nor suicide intent.

"So asking obstetricians to get involved in the termination of a pregnancy when there is little evidence to show that it is an appropritate intervention, I think creates a moral and ethical dilemma for doctors."

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

Related Articles

More in this Section

Lotto numbers are in

Pressure on Enda Kenny set to increase following latest poll results

Leo Varadkar: 'Everyone is waiting to hear from the Taoiseach'

Gardaí appeal for witnesses following Dublin hit and run


Today's Stories

UCC meningitis victim Grainne laid to rest

Bigger home sought for Cork club for kids with autism

113 HSE data breaches revealed in report

Approval for student housing to free up rental spaces

Lifestyle

Julia Jacklin, the Australian queen of folk, is coming to Ireland

Is it wrong parents must baptise a child to get them into a school?

One of Ireland’s most sought after music photographers, 20-year-old Christian Tierney, is going green

Vanquish the varroa mite with vapour

More From The Irish Examiner